ISLAMABAD, 14 March, 2013: For the first time in Pakistan an accreditation system for TVET institutes against defined benchmarks was launched by the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). In an initial phase 14 institutes, providing technical and vocational education and training (TVET), were assessed, accredited and awarded.
The development of such a system for TVET institutes, which constitutes a major pillar of reform for the TVET sector in Pakistan, was supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany.
The accreditation certificates from NAVTTC were awarded in a ceremony. It was attended by a large number of government officials, TVET service providers, representatives of international development organizations working in the TVET sector and diplomats from different countries. The Chairman of NAVTTC, Ch Muhammad Mumtaz Akhtar Kahloon, handed over the certificates to the representatives of the accredited TVET institutes.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kahloon informed the gathering about NAVTTC’s successful launch of the first accreditation process in the history of Pakistan. He announced that already 14 institutes have been accredited, while 44 more applications are being reviewed for further processing. He further appreciated the support from the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands & Federal Republic of Germany for developing the TVET sector in general and in particular for materializing the accreditation system in Pakistan.
NAVTTC Executive Director, Tariq Shafi Chak, who opened the ceremony, appreciated the hard work of his team and the support from donors to introduce a national accreditation scheme, which is one of the core functions of NAVTTC. He hoped that the partnership with the TVET Reform Support Programme would go a long way in modernizing the TVET sector of Pakistan.
The accredited institutes include: Govt. College of Technology Hyderabad, Govt. College of Technology, Larkana, Pak Polytechnic Institute, Chiniot, Comprehensive Polytechnic Institute, Sargodha, Govt. College of Technology, Risalpur Road, Nowshera, Ali Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Haripur, National Foundation for Resources Development (NFRD) Rawalpindi, Govt. College of Technology, Railway Road Lahore, Govt. College of Technology, Faisalabad, Govt. College of Technology, Rasul, Vocational Training Institute, Al-Hyderi, Karachi, Govt. College of Technology Girls, Karimabad, Karachi, Mangla Institute of Technical Education, Mangla Cantt and Govt. Swedish Pakistani College of Technology, Gujrat.